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About The Admiral

Relying on timeless décor, gentle service, and inventive cuisine the Admiral serves delicious food without the restraints of convention. The menu changes daily to utilize seasonal flavors, locally produced foods, and new ideas. Reservations are strongly suggested, although bar seating is available on a first come first serve basis.

400 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner service from 5pm - 9:30pm Monday -Thursday & Sunday. 5pm-10pm Friday & Saturday.

Cross Street:
Michigan Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 252-2541

Website:
http://www.theadmiralasheville.com/

Parking Details:
We offer a handicapped spot and two other parking spaces, which tend to fill up quickly. We primarily recommend off street parking, which is always available (and meter free!) on Haywood Road and Michigan Avenue.

Executive Chef:
Justin Burdett

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine

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The Admiral Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (79)
Creative Cuisine (72)
Good for a Date (61)
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Special Occasion (60)
Neighborhood Gem (58)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Local Ingredients (50)
Cozy (43)
Handcrafted Cocktails (43)
Romantic (43)
Worth the Drive (36)
Bar Seating (33)
Authentic (31)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Casual (25)
Fun (24)
Notable Wine List (22)
Hot Spot (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Tapas (19)
Seasonal (17)
Tasting Menu (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Business Meals (12)
Organic (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great Beer (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic! Arugala salad delicious-light dressing/Granny Smith apples. Warm beer salad-pomegranate reduction/baby bok choy-yummy. Cheese board-very good! Scallop small Plate with Lion Mane mushrooms and polenta-really beautiful dish. Bouillabaisse-spot on! Drinks-Dark and Stormy's -best around!! Always a great experience!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service. Ordered the duck and ribeye. One of the best steaks I’ve had in a while.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Belated birthday dinner for my husband. Everything was wonderful. This was our first visit but surely not our last. Patty H.

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 (Western NC)·Dined 6 days ago

Always awesome! Thanks for an exceptional evening. We shared a steak and some lovely sides and a salad and everything was lovely.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined 6 days ago

Still the best place in town and it continues to improve with each visit.

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food was fair. Appetizer was very spicy and my ribeye was over cooked.

Overall a bit disappointing since it was my birthday.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Once again they delivered. Great food, service and atmosphere.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great solid meal

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

wonderful as always

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Visiting from TX, was totally worth the hype. Service was fantastic along with the food. The rib-eye melted in your mouth :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have been going to The Admiral for years. It has been consistent in food quality and service. We frequently share several small plates and the arugula salad. We usually have the same server who is friendly and helpful without being intrusive. I wish there were more non-alcoholic drink options
( interesting virgin cocktails) but have no complaints. It’s our go-to for special occasions in spite of the many restaurants that have come and gone in the last 10 years.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Was not impressed with dinner. Food was marginal and did not live up to a previous dinner there.

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vip
·Dined on December 28, 2017

The Admiral NEVER disappoints! We celebrated our anniversary there and it was amazing...delicious food and awesome service! Thank you!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great place to spend for,our anniversary. Awesome food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

My son and I went to your restaurant because I asked him to pick a restaurant to have a special holiday meal at and he picked yours. I've been to your restaurant several times and I had enjoyed it. However, the last two times and this time, I noticed that your menu is very limited. There was not much on it that appealed to me. I used to enjoy your small plate flat iron steak but that is no longer on the menu. On the positive side, I enjoyed the Admiral Manhatton drink. I also enjoyed the salad that I ordered, though not much was in it. I like arugula and it was very fresh and plentiful. The chicken liver pate was not what I thought it would be. I thought the jam would be separate. By putting the chicken liver with the jam it made it too sweet. I did not enjoy it. My son ordered the mussels and he loved it. The rabbit he felt was just ok. For dessert, we shared the bread pudding. I expected a generous portion as it cost $10, but with my two bites it was gone. Apples and bread are rather inexpensive items so I didn't feel any justification for the cost. Also, if there were any krispy creme donuts in there, I didn't taste it. It was just ok, nothing special and way too skimpy. I don't eat out at expensive restaurants very often, but when I do I expect a lot, as I happen to be a very good cook myself. You do make some creative dishes and I appreciate that. However, I felt disappointed in this meal. I wanted it to be special and it was not. I know that you are very popular in Asheville, but most of my friends and I prefer other restaurants. My favorites have been Bouchons, Rezaz, Vinnies, Avenue M and Curate. I wish you all well, but I won't be back unless you make positive changes, such as offering more choices and being exceptional. Try watching Drive-Ins, Diners and Dives, the Iron Chef or Beat Bobby Flay. These are people who make ordinary food extraordinary. I want you to wow me.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

A lovely and delicious dinner, great wine and impeccable service. Something for the vegetarian, pescatarian and carnivore. We shared bread, potato & country ham croquettes, salads, scallops, mussels, smoked trout and short rib. All so very yummy!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Absolutely wonderful dining experience. The flavors never cease to amaze me.

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Our first night in Ashville, we deserved an excellent dinner at a special restaurant. Holly,
a bubbly, smart and personable, young lady took care of us. Her rccomendations hit it on the spot: the charcuttery, cheeses, sirloin and pork chop were out of this World. and then dessert: a dark chocolate pie and an apple pie with buttermilk ice cream that were delicious.
the red wine was incredibly good, a 2012 French Malbec that was perfect for the meal we had.
My wife, daughter and me were very happy and full.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was the perfect birthday date night setting for us! We chose a few different dishes and enjoyed them all but nothing tops the beef tartare--It is Phenomenal. The service we received was top notch. So basically, we have absolutely nothing to complain about and absolutely everything to rave about. A great experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food and service were incredible!!! So much fun and so delicious. Can’t wait to come back next time we are in Asheville 😍

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had a good dinner and service but the sunchokes side made me very sick the next day. Had looked forward to dining here but compared to other options around town I wouldn't go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

All three of us were very pleased with our food and drink choices. Service was also very good. Atmosphere is a bit dark and dismal though.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Small restaurant in West Asheville had amazing food and great service. Highly recommended.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

The Admiral never disappoints! It's our favorite place in all of Asheville...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

My husband picked this restaurant to celebrate his birthday. Boy am I glad he did ! We just moved to Asheville 6 months ago and this meal was by far the best we have had so far. From start to finish the entire meal was fabulous ! We will definitely go back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The oysters were phenomenal! This place did not disappoint.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The Admiral came recommended by a friend. The food and service could not have been better. We were there for our anniversary the Admiral exceeded the "special occasion" vibe that is hard to match when there is build-up. Great experience all around.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I felt that the Admiral was overly expensive for the atmosphere and the type of food. The waiter was very knowledgeable, but the menu was quite limited. I was disappointed based on all the hype I'd heard. I think there are a lot better options for fine dining, atmosphere and creativity in Asheville.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I was visiting Asheville with my adult kids. I had dined here once before and really enjoyed it, so my son really wanted to go. It never disappoints

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Salad was excellent, but gigantic. Entrees, Swordfish and Pork Chop, were a bit overwhelming, portion-wise. Excellent service and ambiance. Understand what the food style is supposed to be. Still, a bit much.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our first time there. Didn't meet the hype surrounding it. The food was mediocre. Highly salted. Service was average. Love the vibe there though. Just sorry that the cost of the meals isn't in line with the quality.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great service and every morsel was deeelicious!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The Admiral never disappoints our taste buds...can't wait to return.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

A very special evening. We were a bit early for our reservation so sat at the bar. Great bartender, Mark, made us delicious hand-crafted cocktails. We were seated right on time. Service was excellent, food outstanding and we loved the cozy ambiance. The chef created a delicious vegetarian plate for me with fresh, innovative vegetables seasoned well. Asheville has lots of great restaurants. This is one of them!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The Admiral is no longer what it used to be. The prices have gone way up and the food is not as inventive as it was in its days of glory. Drinks are also expensive. It is living on it's former reputation when it was a fantastic restaurant that was very reasonably priced in a dive bar. It is part of the collateral damage of the gentrification of Asheville.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Fabulous restaurant 10 years and running! Never disappointing. Food service are excellent!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Have heard good recommendations for The Admiral for years. Visiting friends who had been taken there by locals a few months ago were eager to go again. Very happy to get to try this wonderful restaurant. Food was good and unique. Service was friendly and well timed. Enjoyed the experience and look forward to return trips.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The expectations were exceed. It was an amazing bday dinner for my wife. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Outstanding. Don’t let the exterior fool you. This is fine dining. The small plates are an ample size meal if you split an appetizer.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Overrated, overpriced

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